Sunday, April 7, 2013

Beans on the Brain, Fat on the Belly

My grandmother, Maria Roy's pot for baking beans.  My mother said she made the best baked beans in Montreal. I bet she managed to stick an entire pig in there :)


I've got beans on the brain.

I'm on this sort of Perricone anti-inflammatory, sort of Glycemic Index, sort of Low Carb diet, that is actually working. I'm never hungry and my knees aren't creaking today!

Beans, with their soluble fibre, are a big part of the diet.

I like beans, in chili, in mulligatawny, in falafels.

I try to buy them in the "ethnic" store where the cans cost under 1.00 each.

Today, I'm off to Adonis (an 'ethnic' store purchased by the Metro (I think) chain) to buy a bag of lentils. Lentils are my favorite beans and they are easy to cook.

No sense buying the other beans dry, I find. You have to soak them and then cook them on the stove for ages, costing money in electricity.

Come to think of it: Beans were one of the first 'canned' products for that very reason, not that my grandmother paid attention, but she was French Canadian and she likely didn't read the Ladies' Home Journal like Margaret Nicholson of Threshold Girl.

 Heinz beans.. they also tried to get homemakers to save time on their preserves.

(There wasn't much marketing jargon in  the 1900 era. The copywriters created lengthy passages,designed to persuade  by appealing to reason, although most era companies were keen to impress on the public that their produce was "PURE" which was a hot-button term in 1900-1910 that meant many different things to different people.

Coco-Cola may have been one of the first exceptions. "Coke's fizzle is like happiness" but even back then soda had little to recommend itself so someone (likely at J. Walter Thompson) invented the Lifestyle Advertisement.


And now, 100 years later, we have what we have, processed foods up the Ying Yang, with 1000 new product lines a day, mostly coming out of a few mega-corps.

Almost all of this processed food is laced with fancy chemicals designed to confuse our taste buds,  that make our hormones freak out big time and put fat on our bellies, so goes the modern medical wisdom. (And even Michelle Obama is powerless to stop it. According to the Guardian last month, she was persuaded to stop early her attack on the grocery industry.)

The health gurus tell us these processed foods are actually designed to make us EAT TOO MUCH. (Finally, it's being said: IT ISN'T OUR FAULT. What is one person's will-power against the combined savvy of a million highly-trained highly-paid marketers and super chemists!

And even Noam Chomsky would have trouble deciphering  the marketing jargon on product labels these days. They should make a board game of it or use it to test IQ: "Figure out what's really in this apple juice. You have six minutes. You may use a computer program."

I saw an advert yesterday for a Kraft salad dressing product with fruits and veggies. The products were appealing to me, naturally, but not necessarily natural.

The marketers watch the trends in foods closely and then create expensive sugar-filled convenience products to exploit the trends. But how hard is it to make your own sugar-free salad dressing? Not hard at all. I use a good balsamic and oil. Balsamic vinegar has a natural sugary taste.

I expect these latest trends in health a la Perricone are troubling to the mega-corps, who are fast looking for new markets outside North America.. Luckily for them, eating healthy is not cheap in North America.

Anyway, here's a Green Smoothie I've concocted. I use David's Tea's Green Tea detox and smush it in  a food processor with with  natural yogurt and three berry mix (from Costco) and unsweetened unadulterated apple sauce (cheap at Costco) and add omega oils (from flax) and sea-vegetables once better known as sea-weeds. (It probably would be better to put in the flax for the soluble fibre) and a touch of honey. (Whoops, three of those products are actually convenience foods.)

Here's what a middle class family of six (four kids) ate in the 1900 era. From the Nicholson Family store book list. (They also made their own garden.)

Tonnes of beef and pork, but before WWII animals were raised on grass, so the meat was healthy. My gosh, meat was so cheap in Canada back then, despite the fact it took 6 years to fatten a steer for market.

Green tea, walnuts, berries, grass fed beef! My gosh. The Nicholsons were 100 years ahead of their time when it comes to diet. HA HA.


January

1/3 of a beef, 106 pounds 6.35
Skating rink 10
6 lbs pork 25
2 beef tongues 20
Marion for Rink 10
Postage 12
79 lbs pork from Bromfield 4.35
Sunday School 04
Church plate 05
Scribbler for Flora 05
1 lbs sulphur 05
Hairdressing 15
Membership Board of Trade 1.00
Treat of cigars 25
Fare to Sherbrooke and return 1.35
Copy book Flora 08
Scribbler Edith 05
Marion skaing rink 10
½ lb Black tea 18
Sunday school 04
1 Ladies Jacket 8.50
1 pair gents overshoes 2.00
¼ lb candies 05
1 lb frosting sugar 08
1 lbs baking soda 04
¼ lbs peppermint 05
Sunday School 04
Church concert 60
Postage 20
1 paper of pins 05
I pocket handkerchief 08
Herbert 05
Postage 25
1 jar molasses 14
Mending Marion’s boots 25
February
Sunday School 04
Bridge toll 02
¼ pound candies 05
Times for one year 1.00
Maggie 25
½ pound Black tea 18
Marion for rink 10
Sunday School 03
¼ lbs cream of tartar 09
1 lbs currants 10
1 bottle Powell’s medicine 25
Maggie 50
W. Daigle for hauling bark 15
1 writing pad 15
1 pair rubbers Edith 45
1 pair rubbers Marion 45
1 loaf break 05
1 lb crackers 08
1 pint oysters 20
Cough candies 02
Scribbler for Marion 05
Postage 02
Maggie 50
1 loaf bread 05
1 bag fine salt 10
Sunday school 02
Church Collection 10
100 lbs salt 05
1 whisk 15
1 loaf bread 06
¾ pounds walnuts 10
Maggie for Church 2.10
1 lamp chimney 07
1 bottle M. Liniment 25
Maggie 06
½ black tea
1 pair laces 04
4 gallons coal oil 75
10 lbs corn meal 15
10 lbs Graham flour 25
5 gallons Coal Oil 95
1 hockey stick 30
Herbert for Dictionary 15
Maggie 10
½ loaf bread 06
1 lbs ginger snaps 10
¼ pound Ceylon Pepper 10
Postage 06
Flora and Marion 05
1 package Corn Starch 09
¼ lbs cream of tarter
Hair dressing 15
Marion for rink 10
March
1 jar molasses 12
1 doz eggs 20
Maggie 10
Chinaman for laundry 14
Sunday School 04
Patriotic Fund for Hockey 60
1 pair rubbers Herbert 60
Maggie 40
Marion and Flora 10
Sutherland for Miss Wilson 1.00
Postage 20
Mending tins 05
Missionary meeting 05
Skating rink 05
Maggie 25
¼ pounds cream of tarter 10
Sunday School 03
Maggie for concert 10
1 cake shaving soap 07
1 lbs soda 04
½ lbs Black tea
¼ lbs cream of tarter 09
1 bottle vanilla 10
5 pounds sugar 25
Maggie 25
5 lbs butter Mckee 1.00
Marion 05
Herbert for Sharpening skates 05
Maggie 1.00
5 lbs G Flour 10
6 ½ lbs butter 1.45
Mending Herbert’s boots 25
1 loaf bread 10
Cough candies 05
1 quart milk 05
Skating rink 20
Maggie 22
9 ½ lbs butter 2.00
Flora 05
1 bags fine salt 10
Maggie 50
1 bag flour 2.25
49 pounds oats 49
5 lbs sugar 25
Sunday School 04
½ lbs Black tea
Postage 10
Postal notes 05
Subscription to Herald `1.50
Subscription to Westminster
Pady Jim 25
12 ¾ cords wood 35.25
I scrubbing brush 10
April
5 lbs sugar 25
Maggie 10
1 pair of rubbers Flora 35
Sunday School 04
½ gal Coal oil 10
1 bottle ammonia 05
1 lamp burner 10
1 doz herrings 25
20 lbs Graham Flour 50
1 bag rolled oats 25
5 Gal Coal Oil 95
20 pounds corn meal 30
Flora 05
Small writing pad 05
1 box crackers 25
½ pound candies 10
Scrubbing floor 25
Herbert for sugar 10
Maggie 20
Hair dressing 15
1 jar molasses 15
½ lbs Black tea 18
2 lbs tapioca 10
Postage 27
Sunday School 07
Herbert for Birthday 25
Maggie 10
1 Gallon syrup 65
3 lbs sugar maple 24
3 pairs shoe laces 08
2 pair stockings 60
5 lbs sugar 25
Sugar scale 40
Maggie 2.60
1 pair rubbers 60
Maggie 35
To Sunday School 03
2 dozen eggs 30
1 package pop corn 05
F Lyster for milk 95
Fir dressing Herbert 15
5 lbs sugar 25
Maggie 1.00
Hauling manure 20
Postage 10
Sunday School 03
Bill of goods bought by Dan 32
1 box crackers 25
1 spool thread 10
1 can corned __beef? 25
3 ¾ lbs steak 47
Sunday school 04
Candies 04
May
5 lbs sugar 25
½ lbs Black tea 18
¼ pounds ginger 09
1 bag potatoes 45
¼ ream bill paper 05
Daigle for manuring 40
Edith 50
Herbert suit of clothes 4.00
Spading garden 1.00
Mending M and F. Shoes 70
Garden seeds 40
2 pairs shoes Edith and Marion 3.00
1 necktie for funeral 25
Maggie 25
Seeds got by Dr. Cleveland 50
1 package envelopes 07
Post office box 1.00
Sunday School 03
2 scribbers 10
1 bag oatmeal 1.90
1 lb flour 4.50
Mending boots 1.25
Pass Book 10
Postage 09
10 lbs graham flour 30
¼ lbs cream of tarter 25
2 lbs steak 25
3 ½ pounds S. Ham 25
Military dinner 75
3 gallons Maple Syrup 1.95
Flora 05
1 ¾ lbs Grass seed
Sunday school 05
Bridge toll 05
Church Collection 05
Maggie 20
Sawing 6 cords wood 3.90
2 scribblers 10
Hairdressing 15
Postage 10
1 can green paint 25
1 paint brush 10
5 lbs sugar 25
1 pint varnish 25
4 lbs steak 40
1 bunch lettuce 05
2 packages rubarb 10
2 lbs butter 36
½ pound black tea
Mending Edith’s boots 45
Sunday school 04
1 sitting of eggs 25
Box of Royal yeast 05
1 package carrots 05
1 doz screw nails 05
Maggie 5.00
Herbert for Fire Crackers 05
Military demonstration 1.00
Maggie 65
1 package of peas 10
1 package of carrots 05
Fare to Sherbrooke and return 80
Supper at Hoel 40
Initiation fees to Knight_(Masons) 21.00
Waiters at hotel 25
1 can Con. Lye 10
13 lbs veal 18
1 straw hats 12
Postage 20
Carting trees 75
5 lbs sugar 25
Maggie 2.00
Postage and registration 22
Sunday school 04
2 lbs raisins 20
4.1/2 lbs molasses 14
½ pounds cream of tarter 18
1 lbs baking soda 05
1 broom 22
Missionary collection for church 25
Bridge toll 05
1 wash board 25
1 box starch 15
2 lbs steak 25
1 bag fine salt 25
Maggie 1.25
Mending Maggie boots 60
Edith for scribbler 05
1 package powdered borax 10
2 cake cutters 10
June
To Herbert 05
Sunday school 03
Church collection 05
5 pounds sugar 25
½ pound black tea 18
1 loaf of bread 06
Bridge toll 06
1 pair braces 30
Mending Herbert’s boots 10
2 lemons 05
1 ½ lbs bacon 18
½ dozen tomato plans 13
1 ½ pounds steak 18
1 pin holder 05
Sunday school 04
Insoles for boots 20
2 cans paint 30
½ pounds emery powder
5 lbs oatmeal 15
1 bottle sweet oil 10
5 lbs sugar 25
2 lbs steak 25
Cutting H’s hair 15
Bridge Toll 02
Hair dressing 15
Sunday School 03
Sunday School 03
Postage 10
½ pounds Black tea 18
1 ½ pounds bacon 17
Church collection 05
Horse hire (Boast)1.50
Postage 25
5 lbs sugar 28
1 loaf bread 06
Maggie 50
Mending jewellery 05
1 straw hat 25
Present for Dan 1.00
1 ½ lbs bacon 18
2 cakes Sapolio 15
1 cake soap 10
1 bottle ammonia 10
2 lbs steak 25
1 bunch rhubarb 05
Horse hire 1.50
Sunday school 03
Church Collection 05
Fair to Windsor and return 30
Dinner at hotel 35
1 loaf bread 07
1 bottle turpentine 09
½ black tea 18
¼ pounds cream of tarter 09
1 ½ lb steak 18
July
Knitting yarn 03
Sunday school 03
1 box Royal yeast 05
Postage 08
Postage 51
12 lbs strawberries 1.25
Maggie 25
5 pounds bacon 60
2 lbs steak 25
Herbert for pocket money 23
Sunday school 03
Church collection 05
Hair dressing 15
Edith 10
3 lbs steak 30
2 quarts black currants 16
½ lbs black tea 18
Herbert for passing school 25
Maggie 3.00
20 pounds graham flour 50
20 lbs corn meal 30
Subscription to filling road 50
1 set cuff buttons 20
2 quarts black currants 16
Maggie 50
Mending Herbert’s boots 10
½ dozen pins 05
Sunday schools 02
Maggie 10
1 bottle vanilla 25
Note paper 05
I package envelopes 10
½ lbs Black tea 18
Marion 05
3 ½ lbs lamb 44
1 yd elastic 15
August
1 bottle perfume 25
Sunday School 04
Church collection 05
5 bars soap 25
¼ pounds cream of tarter 09
1 jar vinegar 14
1 ½ lbs bacon 18
1 pail berries 36
1 ½ pounds steak 18
2 lemmons 0 6
1 lbs currants 10
1 ½ pounds bacon 18
Edith 20
Sunday Schol 03
Church collection 05
1 lbs starch 06
½ black tea 18
Maggie 25
2 ½ pounds steak 30
2 pairs laces 04
Margaret 25
1 can salmon 15
Mrs. Parker’s Centennial 2.00
1 bushel basket 35
1 ½ pounds bacon 15
1 bushel basket 35
Edith 35
½ bushel potatoes 13
3 ½ pounds steak 35
1 bottle vinegar 14
1 lbs soda 05
8 lbs raspberries 30
4 lbs blueberries 25
Church collection 10
Hair dressing 15
4 dozen clothes pins 10
Bridge toll 10
1 lbs nails 05
1 yeast cake 02
2 lbs beef 1 6
1 ½ pounds bacon 18
1 bottle vinegar 10
1 ½ pounds steak 18
Cartage of valises 10
Mending Herbert’s boots 10
I pair pants for Herbert 90
Sunday school 04
5 lbs soap 25
Herbert 15
2 ½ lbs steak 30
½ lbs tea 13
3 lbs lamp chops 30
5 lead pencils 05
1 school scribbler 05
September
1 ½ pounds steak 15
School book 1.48
Maggie 15
1 can corn beef 25
3 ½ pounds steak 35
½ pounds b tea 18
¼ pound cream of tarter 10
1 package jelly 09
1 pail plums 40
Sunday school 94
Maggie 10
Latin book for edith 50
Postage 10
I scribbler 05
Post cards 10
1 book school edith 85
1 box matches 12
1 peck apples 10
6 ½ lbs steak 65
1 lbs soda 04
50 pounds sugar 2.75
1 bush flour 5.00
5 gallons coal oil 95
1 0 lbs graham flour 35
1 bag rolled oats 25
Scribbler for marion 05
4 fair tickets for children 40
1 membership ticket 1.00 (agricultural fair)
4 cakes bluing 05
1 peck apples 20
½ bushel apples 20
Ticket to fair 25
1 school book Edith 75
1 boot brush 18
1 doz lemons 02
8 preserving jar rubbers 08
Hair dressing 15
1 box boot blacking
Funeral at Gould 3.60
Sunday school 02
Church plate 10
Postage 20
School book Edith 30
2 lbs steak 20
3 ½ pounds steak 35
3 pounds mutton chops 16
1 __jar 10
1 copy book Flora 08
1 scribbler Herbert 05
Bible society 25
Marking at target 15
Missionary society 25
½ lbs Black tea
Postage 02
October
Subscription to Montreal Witness 2.50
5 ½ lbs steak 55
Football match 1.00
1 felt hat gents 1.00
3 __ packages 30
Maggie for C. B fund 1.00
Sunday school 04
Children for anniversary 20
1 peck apples 10
Church collection 10
Church concert 85
2 baskets grapes 18
Postage 15
2 flower pots 32
6 ½ pounds beef 63
1 ½ lbs lard 15
Sunday school 02
Maggie 05
Papers 02
4 ¾ pounds steak 48
½ doz oranges 15
1 basket grapes 25
Mending 2 pairs boots 1.15
Psotage 04
Edith 06
4 Laurier Buttons (Election year!)
Mending M boots 40
1 ½ lbs bacon 24
2 pints vinegar 15
5 lead pencils 05
4 ½ lbs beef 45
1 lbs butter 20
Post staps 10
Fare to Danville 55
Dinner at Danvile 40
Fare to Sherbrooke and Return 50
November
Dinner at Hotel 40
Masonic supper 1.00
1 lbs bacon 15
Hair dressing 15
Sunday school 02
Maggie 25
Ticket to S of E supper 50
10 lbs steak 98
2 lbs butter 40
Postage 08
Sunday School 03
1 Latin Book Herbert 40
Postage 07
Bridge toll 02
Postage 05
½ bushel apples 20
School Paper 05
Mending Herbert’s boots 10
5 ½ lbs steak 53
4 lbs butter 72
1 ½ doz eggs 23
1 scribbler 05
3 note books 03
Mending H. Boots 05
Hair dressing Herbert 15
16 lbs oats for hens 16
Lamp chimney 07
Bridge toll 02
Herbert for scribbler 05
Maggie 10
12 lbs steak 1.25
1 package B. Seed 10
1 sacred history Marion 30
15 lbs oats 15
Postage 10
Edith for Miss Lankin 05
December
6 lbs steak 60
15 lbs oats 15
Herbert 05
Maggie 10
Bridge toll 10
20 lbs oats 30
Foolscap paper 05
2 lbs bacon 23
4 lbs pork and lamb chops 40
Consert in College 25
20 pounds oats 20
½ yard ribbon 04
Postage 10
Postage 10
Pass book 05
Hair dressing 15
5 ½ cheese 65
Aylmers Presentation 50
Marion 10
Flora 05
1 lbs currants 12
7 ¼ lbs steak 72
1 lb suet 10
Sunday school 04
Marion 15
Maggie 5.00
I pair ladies gloves 1.25
Herbert for change 25
Maggie 1.00
1 package tobacoo 10
Peppermints 05
Postage 10
Postage 04
2 tickets to Christmas Tree 20 (event)
Tickest to D and return 55
Flora 05
9 ¾ pounds beef 75
10 lbs salt 10
1 doz eggs 25
1 bottle ammonia 10
Laundry 16
½ pounds candies 10
3 ¼ lbs m. Sugar 28
½ lbs nuts 10
Marion 05
Postage 08
¼ beef 87 pounds 4.78
2 beef tongues 22
Laundry 10
Sunday school 03
Church collection 05
1 yeast cake 02
1 writing pad 06
½ dozen pencils 05
½ doz pins 05
10 lbs oats 10
Scribbler for marion 05
Sunday school 05
Maggie 10
Miss Jessie Kellock 15
Postage 08
Mckee Bill (flour, grain, feed, sugar, salt, oils and provisions) 16.33 (same as on this list but also stove polish, pane of glass, can of beef, cod.)
1 bag flour 2.50
Dentist’s bill 9.75
Children schools fees 11.00
McMorine bill 15.80 (Dry goods, Ready-made clothing, boots, shoes and rubbers)
McRae Bill (groceries, provisions and hardware)6.58
John Bushnel for cie 6.00
Masonic chapter dues 2.00
Municipal tax 18.50
Minister Stipend 5.00
Municipal tax 35.20